Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

"Chairman Pai needs to cease his endless assault on internet freedom and net neutrality", Khanna said.

Pai said he will offer a reversal of the 2015 order, to be voted on by the FCC next month, to return to "a light-touch regulatory framework", which he argued has "enabled the internet to grow and evolve beyond nearly anyone's expectations". Rather than protecting Americans and leveling the playing field, Pai argued Title II regulation has resulted in reduced industry investment and by extension cost the country as many as 100,000 jobs.

As outlined by Pai, the move would return classification of broadband service - now regulated as a Title II telecommunications service - to a Title I information service.

"It would put consumers at the mercy of phone and cable companies", Craig Aaron, president of the consumer advocacy group Free Press, told the Times.

The chairman said he will seek a commission vote on the proposal at the FCC's next meeting on May 18.

Changing the net neutrality that is as per his liking is the latest regulatory rollback for Pai who is in office only since January.

The rollback would greatly benefit major internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, among others. The rules approved under the Obama administration, however, prohibit the service provider to provide speedy internet access called the "fast lane" to certain internet services. However, the current net neutrality rules were upheld by an appeals court a year ago. We were not living in some digital dystopia before the partisan imposition of a massive plan hatched in Washington saved all of us, " Pai said.

If left in place, however, the Title II rules could harm the commercial internet, which Pai described as "one of the most incredible free market innovations in history".

Although the Trump administration's expected plan would not completely eliminate the current rules, he contended, it could allow internet service providers to slow down the online traffic to companies that do not pay for an "internet fast lane", putting them at a competitive disadvantage.

Pai said the move would be the "best" way to protect online privacy because it would give the Federal Trade Commission jurisdiction over broadband companies and their privacy practices.

The FCC has to consider both sides - the regulator is not just responsible for ensuring a fair Internet, but also for improving access to it.

"Two years ago, I warned that we were making a serious mistake", Pai said in a speech at Washington D.C.'s Newseum, according to the New York Times. Several internet providers said they didn't plan to do those things and Comcast said Wednesday that it supported undoing the net neutrality rules but did not "block, throttle or discriminate" against internet content.

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